Endowed professorship created in WVU’s Department of Orthodontics

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –A Princeton, W.Va., couple is enhancing research in the West Virginia University School of Dentistry’s Department of Orthodontics.

Orthodontist Cyndy Branson, D.D.S., and her husband, Phil Branson, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon, are establishing the Branson-Maddrell Endowed Professorship in Orthodontics in WVU’s School of Dentistry. Their generous gift will qualify for matching funds from the West Virginia Research Trust Fund. 

“Endowments such as the Branson-Maddrell Professorship are critical to the future growth and development of the WVU School of Dentistry,” said Dr. Louise Veselicky, interim dean.
The professorship will support both salary and research efforts for a faculty member in the orthodontic department, create permanent income for the School of Dentistry, and provide an opportunity to grow the Dental School’s orthodontic research program.

The Bransons have lived in Princeton since 1983, raising their three children and serving the community as clinicians. When their alma mater, Northwestern University, closed the doors of its dental school in 2001, Dr. Cyndy Branson became concerned about the future of dental education and took action to support the dental school in her adopted home state.  Dr. Branson hopes that other dentists in West Virginia will recognize the value of the WVU School of Dentistry and will be motivated to support dental education.

“We feel good about helping the WVU Department of Orthodontics advance its research goals,” she said. “I am honored to be able to name the Branson-Maddrell professorship using my married and maiden name. My father was an orthodontist in Galesburg, Illinois for many years.  He is supporting the professorship with his own contributions, and our hope is that it will attract and retain excellent orthodontic faculty members for WVU.”

Dr. Peter Ngan, chair of the WVU Department of Orthodontics said, “The Branson-Maddrell Endowed Professorship will allow us to hire research faculty to help our graduate orthodontic students with their master thesis projects. Our orthodontic program is one of the best graduate programs in the country. The addition of a full-time research faculty will increase the competitiveness of the School of Dentistry in extramural research funding.”

This gift was made through the WVU Foundation, a private non-profit corporation that generates and provides support for West Virginia University.

For more information, see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/development/index/index.html.

For more information, see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/sod/.



For more information:
Kim Fetty, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
ab:kf: 07-19-10

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